Re: Is this statement really true?
To reply, yep, I've used their queens and packages, and highly recommend them. Since re-starting in beekeeping with two of their packages in the spring of 2006 I have never treated for mites, nor even done mite counts. The hive losses I've had have been either due to absconding or starvation. I blame myself for those problems. I have done walk-away splits with their bees, and not treated the splits... my losses have ranged from 6-18% annually. This year unfortunately will be different as I've neglected my bees for 18 months now, and am in the process of relocating myself and my bees 150 miles north of my current location.
I've tried B. Weaver bees, Purvis bees, Russians, MnHyg bees, and Russell bees. At this point I'll only use B. Weaver or Purvis in the future. Unless another breeder comes along with something to test out.
The caveat, except for my trailer of 20 hives (ideally) which I move from pasture to soybeans in the same county, I'm a stationary beekeeper.
Will answer any and all questions.
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